About a fortnight ago I travelled to Thailand to stay in Phuket’s super swanky Sala Resort. I was flying via Singapore and we almost altered our plans at the last moment to stay there for the duration of our trip as relentless heavy rains in Thailand seemed to threaten flooding, or at least a ruined holiday. Luckily we decided to defy the weather man and it turned out to be glorious with the odd (actually rather refreshing) downpour.
Much of Thailand, and Phuket in particular, has been marred by unhindered and insensitive tourist development, but the Sala resort is perched on the edge of a beautiful, ‘virgin’ beach which, as part of a nature reserve, is protected. Each room comes with its own pool and al fresco bathroom, and the resort also boasts a bar, restaurant and excellent spa. It is a wonderful place to stay for a completely chilled-out break. The main restaurant serves delicious food from an extensive a la carte menu, but you can also book a special, more private dinner on the rooftop, or, as we did, in a little ‘gazebo’ tent down on the beach. I particularly liked the architecture and design- there’s no heavy, dark teak wood or faux antique Thai details here, instead it’s all clean lines, pared back luxury and a muted palette of grey and white.
Of course, Phuket itself is in technicolour contrast!
One evening we chartered a boat and whizzed over to an island for swimming, snorkelling, beach-combing, sunset and sundowners. The bright colours and beach finds are perfectly captured in Mawi’s eclectic necklace from the India Rose collection, as featured in Vogue India.
Mawi Double Strand Amulet, Cameo Cameo and Gemstone Necklace £365